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With a jam-packed program of professional development and networking events, the 2011 EAC Conference in Vancouver, BC promises to be exciting and informative. One of the ways you can make the most of your conference experience is by exploring one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse cities in the world.
For those interested in getting an “insider” perspective on Vancouver, we’ve organized some specially designed tours and events just for you. Click here for more information about a walking tour of Byrne Creek and an editors’ afternoon tea party.
If you like to choose your own adventure, here are some ways you can maximize your Vancouver experience.
- famous downtown Vancouver landmarks such as Canada Place, the Olympic cauldron, and the panoramic Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Tower
- the historic neighbourhoods of Granville Island, Gastown, and Chinatown
- popular galleries and museums such as Science World, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museum of Anthropology
- the one-of-kind Coliseum-shaped Vancouver Public Library. The Hamilton Street side of the library showcases Vancouver’s past with an outdoor photo exhibit that celebrates the city’s 125th anniversary.
- Stanley Park, the downtown West End’s natural oasis of forest and beaches
- the North Shore’s Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge
- the beautiful west side neighbourhood of Kitsilano by taking a self-guided walking tour.
- for locally-made sweet treats at Rogers’ Chocolates, located at The Landing in Gastown at 385 Water Street
- the fun, high fashion, quirky boutiques of Yaletown, Robson Street, Gastown and the West End’s Denman Street
- Granville Island Public Market, where you’ll find a tempting assortment of homemade products and gastronomic delights
- Commercial Drive, East Vancouver’s boisterous mix of culture, coffee shops, and specialty stores
- the North Shore’s colourful Lonsdale Quay by boarding the SeaBus (just steps away from the conference venue) and taking a 12-minute ride across Burrard Inlet
- the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market and for Asian handicrafts and gifts, as well as delicious street food and snacks
- and support our local food producers at the Vancouver Farmers Markets
- Salmagundi West, a unique and intriguing-looking antique shop located at 321 West Cordova Street (just steps away from the conference venue)
- the deLuxe Junk Company which is known for a fantastic vintage collection/retro “togs”
- MacLeod’s Books, a well-known used bookstore that’s located within minutes of the conference venue at 455 West Pender Street
- Fluevog Shoes, a must-visit for discerning shoe lovers
Looking for a distinctly West Coast keepsake or gift to bring back home? Here are some recommendations from your fellow BC editors:
- Big Dog Little Dog Bakery: 985 Denman Street (West End, approximately 30-minute walk from conference venue)
- Boudoir Fashion Boutique: 1230 Hamilton Street (Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line SkyTrain station or 20-minute walk from conference venue)
- Edie Hats: 1666 Johnston Street (ride bus “#50 False Creek South” to Granville Island)
- Gravity Pope shoes: 2205 West 4th Avenue (ride bus “#22 Macdonald” to Kitsilano)
- Portobello West fashion + art market: 1 Athletes Way, Creekside Community Recreation Centre (Main Street-Science World Expo Line SkyTrain station)
- Shop Cocoon boutique featuring local designers: 3345 Cambie Street (Broadway-City Hall Canada Line SkyTrain station or ride bus “#15 Cambie” to Cambie Village)
- Spa Utopia: 999 Canada Place (Pan Pacific Hotel, approximately 10-minute walk from conference venue)
- The Umbrella Shop: 526 West Pender Street (5-minute walk from conference venue)
- three bags full knit shop: 4458 Main Street (King Edward Canada Line SkyTrain station and transfer to bus “#25 Brentwood Station”)
- Vancouver Art Gallery Store: 750 Hornby Street (approximately 15-minute walk from conference venue)
Enjoy an outdoor adventure
- Walk, cycle, or rollerblade the winding paths of False Creek and Stanley Park.
- Hike the Grouse Grind, a 2.9 km trail up Grouse Mountain.
- Rent a kayak for an afternoon paddle in English Bay.
- The SFU Vancouver conference venue is steps away from unique and affordable restaurants. Check out Brioche Café, La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop, Revel Room, Steamworks, Cork and Fin, Al Porto, Meat and Bread, and Salt Tasting Room in Gastown or Granville Street’s Caffe Artigiano.
- According to one BC editor, Café Medina, located just outside the downtown core near the Stadium SkyTrain Station has the “best fancy-pants brunch” in town.
- If fine dining with a harbour view is on your list, try Raincity Grill or Sequoia Grill at the Stanley Park Teahouse.
- Looking for something quick and fun? There’s Japadog, the latest trend in street vendor food at various downtown locations.
- Stayed tuned for the grand opening of Dunn’s Famous Montreal Smoked Meat bistro on the corner of Robson and Seymour streets in May.
See a live performance
- May 12-July 10: Hairspray, Arts Club Theatre, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
- April 14-May 28: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island Stage
- May 25: Usher with opening act Akon, Rogers Arena
- May 27-28: _post, plastic orchid factory, Scotiabank Dance Centre
Find out more
- Maps, tickets, and general enquiries: Visit Tourism Vancouver or the downtown Vancouver Visitor Centre at 200 Burrard Street
- Bicycle and in-line skate rentals: Bayshore Bike Rentals
- Sightseeing tours: The Vancouver Trolley Company and Westcoast Sightseeing
- Getting around: TransLink
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